Raffi Arzoumanian

From Raffi’s youth growing up in the Middle East to his urban American education and professional experience in two of the nation’s most prominent architecture firms, his perspective on architecture blends elements of old and new in ways that are not strictly bound by the formulas of the past or the fads of the present. Raffi’s work is best described as timely in function while timeless in form.

In some ways, Raffi’s design philosophy reflects his passion for philosophy itself, which he studied as an undergraduate at New York University. He begins each project by listening closely, to gain a complete understanding of what is important to the client. Raffi then studies the site to comprehend the physical assets and challenges of the site. Together, the direction of the client and analysis of the environment becomes a guide for Raffi’s design process.

After completing his studies in philosophy at New York University Raffi attended Temple University in Philadelphia and received his Architectural degree in 1984. After graduation he joined Mitchell Giurgola in Philadelphia where he was involved in the design and development of Fountain of Freedom, Suffolk County Supreme Court House, Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, and the San Jose Hilton. In 1988 he moved to Chicago and joined Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill where he was involved in projects including the Plaza Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur and Armco headquarters in Saudi Arabia.

In 1993, Raffi started his own firm, a+c architects, with the philosophy of building a partnership. Raffi believes architecture is a collaborative art form in every step from design through construction. The ability to listen to clients and to respond to their functional and aesthetic needs is critical in developing a successful project. Great architecture is that which stands the test of time through understanding clients, professional integrity, great technical competence and the ability to creatively bring all of these elements into harmony.

AIA American Institute of Architects #30118749
NCARB National Council of Architectural Registration Boards #57,671
LEED AP, LEED Accredited Professional
Registered Architect, State of Illinois #001.015590
Registered Architect, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania #RA-012933-X
Mr. Arzoumanian has reciprocal privileges to practice in all 50 states.
Bachelor of Arts, 1979: New York University
Professional degree in Architecture, 1984: Temple University, Philadelphia
Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, LLP, Philadelphia (1984–1988)
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, Chicago (1988-1993)
a+c architects., Skokie, Illinois (1993-present)
  • Commercial

    Corporate headquarters, Commercial office buildings, Hotels, Retail stores/shopping centers, Restaurants & commercial kitchens, Entertainment environments, Medical offices, Theatres & performance spaces.
  • Institutional

    Courthouses, Churches, Community centers & athletic facilities, Preschools & daycare centers.
  • Medical

    Dental offices, oncology centers, medical offices, Outpatient facilities
  • Residential

    Custom residential, Historic preservation & adaptive reuse, Condominium buildings & townhomes, Mixed-use residential/commercial.
100% success rate throughout 20 years of private practice in gaining approval of project designs from planning commissions, zoning boards, and village boards of trustees in more than a dozen municipalities in three states.
More than 18 years of commercial architectural and construction contract administration experience including review and authorization of payout requests, allocation schedules, and analysis of work completion.